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Indoor Ag Conversations & Center of Excellence For Indoor Agriculture Present: Building Sustainable Triple Bottom Line Farms


Oct 29, 2020 12:56 PM

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Alex Rudnicki
Head of Farm Design @AeroFarms
Alex joined the company as its first technical hire in 2013. At the time, Alex helped expand the start-up’s capabilities in several fields such as data collection, engineering, construction, and sustainability. In his role, he gained valuable operational experience as the Plant Manager of the world’s largest indoor farm in Newark, NJ. As Head of Farm Design today, Alex oversees all new projects to fruition. His interest in urban farming goes beyond AeroFarms. For example, Alex was a key contributor in advancing legislation to protect community gardens in New York City alongside former Councilmember Rafael Espinal. What’s more, he also holds degrees from Columbia University in Public Policy and Civil/Mechanical Engineering.
Dave Nichols
Director of Strategy @AppHarvest
Dave Nichols has more than 15 years of experience at every stage of entrepreneurship, having co-founded several technology, agriculture, and energy startups. Dave began his career in socially responsible investing in 2005, working on carbon credit projects in developing countries under the Kyoto Protocol. He then transitioned from carbon trading to clean-tech finance, leading the development of clean-tech projects ranging from energy to agriculture. Dave holds an MBA with distinction from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor’s in environmental science from the University of Delaware.
Grant Vandenbussche
Chief Category Officer @Fifth Season
Grant is Chief Category Officer of Fifth Season, a robotics and indoor farming pioneer. In his role, Grant focuses on creating a new food system that ensures all consumers are connected to the experience and value of local fresh food. Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. In addition, Grant also holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Grant previously held a variety of international operations and strategy roles at General Mills. While there, he discovered his passion for high-tech sustainable food systems.